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November 12, 1992 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
James Newman Hood sits in a quaint, ornate courtroom, rocking slowly in his wooden chair, as lawyers and witnesses chart his descent from the golden existence and happy family life he once knew to the prospect of financial ruin and a life behind bars.
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February 26, 1994 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Once a fixture in Orange County social circles, millionaire Newport Beach developer Jim Hood was denounced Friday as a threat to society and ordered to spend 29 years to life in prison for shooting a man authorities believe Hood hired to kill his wife. In a case that involved greed, illicit sex and murder, Hood was convicted in December of first-degree murder for the March 22, 1992, shooting of Bruce E. Beauchamp, a former construction worker employed by Hood.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1994 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Once a fixture in Orange County social circles, millionaire Newport Beach developer Jim Hood was denounced Friday as a threat to society and ordered to spend 29 years to life in prison for shooting a man authorities believe Hood hired to kill his wife. In a case that involved greed, illicit sex and murder, Hood was convicted in December of first-degree murder for the March 22, 1992, shooting of Bruce E. Beauchamp, a former construction worker employed by Hood.
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January 29, 1994 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Adding another twist to an unusual murder case, a judge postponed sentencing Friday for millionaire Newport Beach developer James N. Hood after learning jurors may have improperly discussed the case outside of deliberations. Wearing an orange jail uniform and looking thin from his month in custody, Hood, 50, sat silently as San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Michael A. Smith gave attorneys until Feb. 28 to investigate the allegations. Defense attorney Philip C.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1993 | THUAN LE
A developer awaiting trial for allegedly killing a former employee was rescued ashore early Monday after his powerboat drifted onto rocks south of the jetty, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department. James Newman Hood, 50, had his cabin cruiser on automatic pilot at 1:20 a.m. when it missed the harbor entrance and was caught on the reefs, Lt. Dick Olson said.
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March 6, 1992 | THUAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
James Newman Hood, a Newport Beach developer accused of fatally shooting a man who had been acquitted of killing Hood's wife, was arraigned Thursday in San Bernardino County Municipal Court. Hood, 48, is charged with murdering Bruce Beauchamp, 32, of Fontana and, if found guilty, could be sentenced to 25 years to life in prison, said San Bernardino County Deputy Dist. Atty. Clark Hansen. He is being held without bail at the San Bernardino County West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.
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March 5, 1992 | DAVID REYES and THUAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Newport Beach developer, who shot and killed the man who had been acquitted of murdering his wife, said Wednesday in jail that he acted in self-defense. Looking disheveled in a bright orange jumpsuit, James Newman Hood, 48, spoke only briefly from the San Bernardino County West Valley Detention Center where he was being held without bail. He is due for arraignment today in the shooting of Bruce Beauchamp, 32, of Fontana on Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1992 | ROSE KIM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Newport Beach developer was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on a charge of killing a former employee who was acquitted last year of murdering the suspect's wife. Municipal Judge Douglas A. Fettel scheduled an April 10 arraignment for James N. Hood, 48, in San Bernardino County Superior Court. Hood is accused in the March 2 shooting death of Bruce E. Beauchamp, 31, a maintenance supervisor.
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November 2, 1992 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
James Newman Hood sits in a quaint, ornate courtroom, rocking slowly in his wooden chair, as lawyers and witnesses chart his descent from the golden existence and happy family life he once knew to the prospect of financial ruin and a life behind bars.
NEWS
January 29, 1994 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Adding another twist to an unusual murder case, a judge postponed sentencing Friday for millionaire Newport Beach developer James N. Hood after learning jurors may have improperly discussed the case outside of deliberations. Wearing an orange jail uniform and looking thin from his month in custody, Hood, 50, sat silently as San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Michael A. Smith gave attorneys until Feb. 28 to investigate the allegations. Defense attorney Philip C.
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December 11, 1993 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One day after Newport Beach developer James N. Hood was convicted of killing a former employee, San Bernardino authorities said they will cooperate with Northern California investigators trying to solve the murder of Hood's wife. Bonnie Hood was shot and killed at her Sierra Nevada lodge in Tulare County in August, 1990. Prosecutors say they believe Hood hired an employee, Bruce E. Beauchamp, to kill his wife so Hood could collect on a $500,000 insurance policy.
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May 25, 1993 | THUAN LE
A developer awaiting trial for allegedly killing a former employee was rescued ashore early Monday after his powerboat drifted onto rocks south of the jetty, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department. James Newman Hood, 50, had his cabin cruiser on automatic pilot at 1:20 a.m. when it missed the harbor entrance and was caught on the reefs, Lt. Dick Olson said.
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March 11, 1993 | From a Times staff writer
Prosecutors said Wednesday that they will retry a Newport Beach developer accused of murdering his ex-employee, a construction superintendent who was acquitted of killing the developer's wife. On Tuesday, after a 41-day trial and four weeks of deliberations, a San Bernardino County Superior Court jury deadlocked 10 to 2 to convict James Hood, 48. The judge in the case then declared a mistrial. Deputy Dist. Atty.
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March 10, 1993 | RENE LYNCH and HILARY DOLE KLEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Despite tortured deliberations for more than five weeks, jurors said Tuesday that they were deadlocked in the case of Newport Beach developer Jim Hood, charged with murdering a man he allegedly had hired to kill his wife. San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Don Turner declared a mistrial after 10 jurors said they had voted to convict Hood, but one juror favored an acquittal and another juror remained undecided.
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January 6, 1993 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
James N. Hood, the 49-year-old Newport Beach developer accused of killing a former employee, sought Tuesday to shift some responsibility for the killing to a police detective. Hood has testified that he shot Bruce E. Beauchamp in self defense, hitting him seven times during an armed confrontation. The confrontation was provoked by Beauchamp's involvement in a burglary at Hood's shopping center, Hood said.
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January 5, 1993 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Crouched above a life-size dummy, clutching a Glock 19 pistol six inches from the mannequin's head, Newport Beach developer Jim Hood demonstrated for a jury Monday how he pumped several more shots into the already mortally wounded man he is accused of murdering. Hood, 49, is charged with killing Bruce E. Beauchamp, a disgruntled ex-employee, in March of 1992.
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January 6, 1993 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
James N. Hood, the 49-year-old Newport Beach developer accused of killing a former employee, sought Tuesday to shift some responsibility for the killing to a police detective. Hood has testified that he shot Bruce E. Beauchamp in self defense, hitting him seven times during an armed confrontation. The confrontation was provoked by Beauchamp's involvement in a burglary at Hood's shopping center, Hood said.
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March 11, 1993 | From a Times staff writer
Prosecutors said Wednesday that they will retry a Newport Beach developer accused of murdering his ex-employee, a construction superintendent who was acquitted of killing the developer's wife. On Tuesday, after a 41-day trial and four weeks of deliberations, a San Bernardino County Superior Court jury deadlocked 10 to 2 to convict James Hood, 48. The judge in the case then declared a mistrial. Deputy Dist. Atty.
NEWS
November 12, 1992 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
James Newman Hood sits in a quaint, ornate courtroom, rocking slowly in his wooden chair, as lawyers and witnesses chart his descent from the golden existence and happy family life he once knew to the prospect of financial ruin and a life behind bars.
NEWS
November 2, 1992 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
James Newman Hood sits in a quaint, ornate courtroom, rocking slowly in his wooden chair, as lawyers and witnesses chart his descent from the golden existence and happy family life he once knew to the prospect of financial ruin and a life behind bars.
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